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Pasco County school district announces several principal shifts



Four Pasco County schools got new principals appointed Friday, as part of a leadership shakeup that began with the death of Crews Lake Middle School principal Adam Kennedy in January.

Brandon Bracciale, principal of Weightman Middle School, will transfer to the same job at Chasco Middle School, where David Huyck led until his move to Crews Lake two weeks ago. Bracciale had applied for the district's assistant superintendent for middle schools position, and was offered the Chasco Middle job after the district post went to Marcy Hetzler-Nettles.

Angie Murphy, principal of Ridgewood High School since 2012, will take Hetzler-Nettles' old job at River Ridge Middle School. Murphy, who lately has run into problems over dress code issues, requested to be reassigned, district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said.

Replacing Murphy will be Chris Dunning, principal of Seven Springs Middle since 2012. Dunning did not ask for a move, but "accepted the challenge," Cobbe said. "A strong principal is what they need" at Ridgewood.

Dunning is a popular and well-liked school leader, but he also ran afoul of district leadership with his sometimes vocal advocacy for certain neighborhoods during a recent contentious attendance zone revision process for southwest Pasco. His wife also raised eyebrows with emails to the superintendent and board members accusing Mitchell High principal Jessica Schultz and board members Alison Crumbley and Cynthia Armstrong of bad faith during the rezoning. 

His new post is considered a promotion, and he will get a raise.

The Seven Springs and Weightman middle school jobs will be advertised, Cobbe said.

Separately, Fivay High School principal Marsha Van Hook was reassigned to an assistant principal position at River Ridge Middle. The district did not offer an explanation. Christina Stanley, principal of Norwalk High School in Norwalk, Calif., will take over Fivay.

Stanley had applied for other administrative jobs in the district before receiving this offer.

These recommendations go to the School Board for consideration on Tuesday.

[Last modified: Friday, February 17, 2017 5:30pm]


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